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Google Chrome 2.0 (Beta) Released
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msg:3873382
 4:04 pm on Mar 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

Google Chrome 2.0 (Beta) Released [googleblog.blogspot.com]
The best thing about this new beta is speed it's 25% faster on our V8 benchmark and 35% faster on the Sunspider benchmark than the current stable channel version and almost twice as fast when compared to our original beta version.

[google.com...]

 

swa66




msg:3873414
 4:23 pm on Mar 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

And still no mac version ...

nealrodriguez




msg:3873429
 4:36 pm on Mar 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

And still no mac version ...

would you use it as much as firefox anyway? i've got chrome on my pc, and i haven't opened it in... wait let me check... well it reads i used it right now; must have just registered when i opened the google chrome folder to check. but it is also listed as used 'rarely.' i haven't opened that thing since last week. google should @ least give it some good branding and simply call it chrome. it starts to get annoying to see their seal on everything; and it's a definite recipe for failure - line extension.

JS_Harris




msg:3873488
 5:36 pm on Mar 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

I'm happy with my current car, don't need a new one thanks.

Is browser speed the feature Google is promoting most? I haven't heard of anything else vastly superior yet.

MatthewHSE




msg:3873525
 5:59 pm on Mar 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

Google is mostly promoting speed. I personally rather like Chrome's minimalistic interface as well, and would probably use it as my default browser except for one thing. That's the fact that I've gotten so spoiled with Firefox's extensions that I have a seriously difficult time using a browser without them. Chrome is a nice browser, but I doubt it will ever supplant Firefox for me.

ogletree




msg:3873584
 6:59 pm on Mar 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

I will move to Chrome when they get the same add ons I have in firefox. I can't live without my add ons.

zuko105




msg:3873634
 7:45 pm on Mar 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

I will move to Chrome when they get the same add ons I have in firefox. I can't live without my add ons.

ditto

BradleyT




msg:3873636
 7:46 pm on Mar 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

Chrome is pretty awesome. At home I use it nearly exclusively.

At work I haven't been able to get it to install correctly since the first beta :/ But when I'm actually doing work yeah Firefox + add ons can't be beat.

maximillianos




msg:3873654
 7:59 pm on Mar 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

google should @ least give it some good branding and simply call it chrome. it starts to get annoying to see their seal on everything; and it's a definite recipe for failure

Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Netscape Navigator
Google Chrome

Seems on par to me. Eventually folks will refer to it as Chrome.

I'll check out the new one, but I agree with some of the others that I'm hooked on Firefox due to some extensions... and the built-in spell-checker. I tried the spell-check in Chrome 1.0 and it worked horribly compared to Firefox. For my business, I require a good built-in spell checker. So until they improve that, they won't have my business.

signor_john




msg:3873656
 8:02 pm on Mar 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

Is browser speed the feature Google is promoting most? I haven't heard of anything else vastly superior yet.

With Chrome, I've never had a locked-up tab crash the whole browser. I can't say the same for Firefox or IE.

The common address and search window is another big plus, once you become addicted to it. It doesn't sound like a big deal, but in practice, it's a surprisingly useful improvement over using an address window for URLs and a toolbar window for search.

robzilla




msg:3873660
 8:10 pm on Mar 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

It loads so quickly, it's uncanny.

RonPK




msg:3873771
 10:01 pm on Mar 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

browser speed

The benchmarks they mention are JavaScript benchmarks. Unrelated to page rendering speed with normal pages. JS speed is of course important for a browser that is meant to be used with 'rich internet applications'.

sgietz




msg:3873779
 10:10 pm on Mar 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

A Beta from Google? Shocking!

briggidere




msg:3873850
 11:28 pm on Mar 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

Is anyone having trouble installing the beta? It doesn't seem to work for me.

poppyrich




msg:3873867
 12:07 am on Mar 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

Chrome 2 working nicely. I like the DOM viewer, too.
Noticed also that they've dropped Text Zoom in favor of Page Zoom exclusively - unlike Safari 4 (also based on the WebKit engine).
Recently I had a "first time ever" experience in web design:
A page I had - standards based - rendered exactly the same in IE8, Chrome, Opera, and Safari - but FireFox issued a minority report and rendered differently. First time for me that FireFox was the odd man out.
Google seems to be committing serious resources to Chrome and that's good for everybody.
What's happening now is that FF, IE, Opera, Chrome, and Safari are all feeding off each other and that's a good trend.
Consciously or not, a consensus has formed.
(I also get the feeling that the developers behind Chrome have looked closely at feedback and bug reports submitted to Mozilla and Microsoft.)

Also noticed that the new Chrome supports TTF/OTF font embedding using the CSS @font-face rule.

johnnie




msg:3874085
 10:03 am on Mar 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

Is it me or doesn't this version open css files correctly (using view-source:)?

Chrome has been my default since its public launch. I love its minimal interface, which leaves a lot of room for the actual website. Speed improvement in 2.0 is noticeable and very much welcome. And as of this version, I'm finally able to search text fields. Lovely :) But hey, I'm a google fanboy.

I've never gotten used to plugins, but I keep a version of firefox with firebug and yslow lying around just in case. Given the amount of people screaming for add-ons, I'm pretty sure we'll see those in the not-too-far future.

Also, check out these chrome experiments [chromeexperiments.com]. There's some great stuff there pushing chrome's javascript engine to its limits. Especially DOMtris [chromeexperiments.com] is quite an invention :D

rooo




msg:3874127
 11:36 am on Mar 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

I love Chrome, but I can't see any reason to swap to it from Firefox - all the add ons make it invaluable IMO. I can't see many serious users swapping to it.

It's only going to survive if they market to 'regular' web users who normally stick with IE because its convenient, and even then they've got a job on their hands.

James_WV




msg:3874197
 12:55 pm on Mar 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

With Chrome, I've never had a locked-up tab crash the whole browser. I can't say the same for Firefox or IE.

The common address and search window is another big plus, once you become addicted to it. It doesn't sound like a big deal, but in practice, it's a surprisingly useful improvement over using an address window for URLs and a toolbar window for search.

Totally agree with everything here. Chrome never completely crashes, but the best things (although it sounds so small) is the dual search / address bar. If you use Chrome for as bit and then try using Firefox / IE you'll get annoyed that you can't search that way...

[edited by: tedster at 9:51 pm (utc) on Mar. 19, 2009]
[edit reason] fix quote box [/edit]

Kufu




msg:3874357
 3:30 pm on Mar 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

Chrome is great, and it would be even better if it has add-ons.

Right now I use Chrome as my email client (running Gmail) and browse off on using Chrome. But Firefox remains my main browser with about 80% of my time spent on FF.

ergophobe




msg:3874462
 5:47 pm on Mar 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

>>would probably use it as my default browser except for one thing

I don't care if Chrome adds every add-on that FF has. the one thing that will keep me off Chrome (unless v2 has improved this) is utter and total password insecurity.

With FF and IE, I can use Roboform and have password-locked, encrypted password storage. With FF I can use native password storage and have a master password (not sure how good the native encryption is on FF).

With Chrome, there' no master password, and even if there, were, it stores your passwords as plain text and any idiot who happens to get on my computer could get in an get all my bank accounts just by cruising through my profile settings.

Until Chrome gets serious about security, it will always, sadly just be for testing.

If Roboform would integrate or Chrome would develop a good built-in manager, I would drop FF today as my primary browser.

ogletree




msg:3874493
 6:14 pm on Mar 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

If all extensions worked in Chrome then that would mean that Roboform worked

ergophobe




msg:3874674
 10:08 pm on Mar 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

Well, yes, formally I guess it would. I suppose I meant to say that if every feature that I've glommed onto FF was suddenly available in Chrome, not including a method of conveniently and securely managing passwords, I would still not touch Chrome for banking, handling my credit card, accessing anything personal of value.

I guess, in theory, G thinks you're only supposed to have one password. It covers your gmail account, your google checkout, your google docs and so on and on. You just remember that password and you never leave the Google environment. It's dangerous out there anyway and you don't need to go anywhere else.

mmontala




msg:3874921
 5:52 am on Mar 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

I like Chrome because of its speed but the plugins on Firefox is what is important to me even if its slow when starting it and sometimes crash.

agito




msg:3876695
 2:14 am on Mar 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

G thinks you're only supposed to have one password

Well said.

I love chrome, though, but does 2.0 include autofill? I can't stand not having autofill!

amznVibe




msg:3878146
 1:29 am on Mar 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

Chrome 2 does finally have an extensions api

once people start making chrome extensions, chrome will crush firefox

(and I love my firefox, but will switch, the render engine in firefox is ancient and slow)

[edited by: amznVibe at 1:30 am (utc) on Mar. 25, 2009]

JAmieF




msg:3886381
 2:19 pm on Apr 6, 2009 (gmt 0)

I changed from Firefox to Google browser as firefox kept crashing on me, even when I removed the add ons. I am happy using Chrome.

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